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story.lead_photo.caption Elm Springs Police Chief Jason Hiatt recently celebrated 20 years service as an officer and police chief. He was presented with a plaque to commemorate his loyalty and dedicated service at the Council meeting on Nov. 19. Chief Hiatt received the 20-year service plaque from Mayor Harold Douthit. (Courtesy Photo)

Hope Cancer

offers support

• Free Tobacco Cessation Program: Hope Cancer Resources' certified health education specialist is available to support members of the community who are looking to quit smoking with nicotine replacement therapy and counseling.

• Emotional Support Through Cancer Battle: Hope Cancer Resources' team of counselors and social workers are supporting cancer patients and their families every day with a focus on emotional health, no matter the circumstance.

• Virtual Wellness Classes For Cancer Patients and Caregivers: The Wellness Center for Hope at Hope Cancer Resources has created a yoga and fitness class schedule via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Information: (479) 361-5847.

Blood center

seeks donors

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, the sole supplier of blood and plasma to patients at 44 area healthcare facilities, reports a critical shortage of all blood types. A resurgence in positive covid-19 cases have caused a downturn in blood donations, with more drives being postponed or cancelled. As a result, any mobile blood drives that remain scheduled become vitally important.

CBCO donors provide all the blood for patients at a dozen Northwest Arkansas hospitals, as well as dozens more across the region. With area hospitals approaching capacity levels, blood is in critical need. Bentonville area residents will have the opportunity to donate at the following location:

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, The Momentary, Bloodmobile in Arvest Bank Courtyard, 507 S.E. E St., Bentonville

Participants at this drive will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and the opportunity to win a 2020 Nissan Kicks during the Drive 2 Save Lives promotion. Weekly finalists will be drawn for a chance to win a 2020 Nissan Kicks compact SUV.

Information: cbco,org.

Dairy Hollow

hosts activities

The Writer's Colony in Dairy Hollow will hold "Cooking with Jana" at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 via Zoom. Join the staff for end of the year holiday cheer as they cook up something special. This festive holiday fundraiser will be presented live from the Dairy Hollow kitchen. The suggested donation is $20, but any amount will be accepted. Register on the website.

The Writer's Colony is offering a fellowship called "Humor Me: A Funny Writer's Fellowship." This fellowship is open to poets, fiction writers, playwrights, essayists, columnists, memoirists, and screenwriters who use humor as a key element in their work. While the humor may range from wry to screwball, the work should demonstrate literary merit and the promise of publication, or in the case of theater and film, production.

The fellowship winner will receive a two-week residency to allow the recipient to focus completely on their work. Each writer's suite has a bedroom, private bathroom, separate writing space, and wireless internet. We provide uninterrupted writing time, a European-style gourmet dinner prepared five nights a week and served in our community dining room or delivered to your suite, the camaraderie of other professional writers when you want it, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics for breakfast and lunch.

Fellowship applications must be accompanied by a writing sample and a non-refundable $35 application fee. Only one writing project may be proposed per application. The submission period opens on Tuesday, December 1. Deadline is midnight Feb. 22. The winner will be announced no later than March 10. Residency must be completed by March 31, 2022. Exceptions will be made for covid-19 concerns. For an application form visit the website.

The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow would like to thank author and Writers' Colony alumna, Linda Leavell, and her husband, Brooks Garner, for generously funding this fellowship.

Information: writerscolony.org/fellowships.

The TheatreSquared Amy Herzberg- and Bob Ford-original, “A Christmas Carol,” returns for its second year with in-person shows and will be available to stream at home Dec. 2-27. James Taylor Odom starred as Ebenezer Scrooge in last year’s production to James Bowen’s Jacob Marley. Information: theatre2.org.
(Courtesy Photo)
The TheatreSquared Amy Herzberg- and Bob Ford-original, “A Christmas Carol,” returns for its second year with in-person shows and will be available to stream at home Dec. 2-27. James Taylor Odom starred as Ebenezer Scrooge in last year’s production to James Bowen’s Jacob Marley. Information: theatre2.org. (Courtesy Photo)

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